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Hello Susitna Optional Families

What a great turn out Friday, for First Friday's Kaladi Art Show! Thank you to everyone who attended and donated to our wonderful charity "FRIENDS OF PETS"

Thank you,

Sara Crewdson

SOPG Board Member

Kaladi Art Show Highlights!

Thank you to all who were able to come and enjoy an amazing time at First Friday's, Kaladi Art Show!

Thank you to all who were able to come help set up for the awesome art show at Kaladi on Wednesday. The art work turned out great - the theme for this years Kaladi Art is "On the Farm". Students did one of six pictures: cows, chickens, farm house, tractor, cat or dog. Below are a few examples of the wonderful art! They looked awesome on the walls of Kaladi Brothers!

**Donations from the Art Show will go to "FRIENDS OF PETS"!

**Art will also be donated to the Empty Bowl and BP Wives.

Another Event Well Done!!!


Reminder: Please sign up online to schedule Parent Teacher Conferences

Schedule your Conferences Today


Parent-Teacher conferences are to be scheduled online this year. The scheduler is open today, so try and get in right away to get your preferred time! ...

The link is: Click Here!

Just to clarify, teachers were only allowed to use one grade level when setting up the conference schedules. Because your child is in a multiple grade class, please check both grades to find your teachers name in the choice in order to schedule with that teacher.

Thank you.

Upcoming Events!

Feb 15th - Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL/NO CAMPFIRE

Feb 17 & 18th - Parent Child Conferences (1/2 days, 12:20pm dismissal)

Feb 19th - NO SCHOOL

Feb 26th - Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast (8-8:45am in Gym)

Feb 26th - PACT - Need Volunteers (Click Here)

Lottery Time is Approaching: Register your child now for Susitna Optional

Lottery Time is Approaching: Register your child now for Susitna Optional at CLICK HERE!

Deadline is 3/24/16. **If your child is already in the program you don't have to re-register. This is only for New Kinders or New to the Optional Program.

Parent Tours:

Recruitment has started for our optional program. Please spread the word about our program. We will be taking in a new group of kinders and a few 2nd to 5th graders. Parents may tour our program every Tuesday in February at 9:30 and a few other dates: 2/11 at 11:15 , 3/22 at 9:30 , 4/05 at 9:30.

Looking for parents to be the parent representative during the parent tours on the below dates. 4/5 elder students will be leading the tour. Your role is to greet parents in the office at 9:15, walk along with the group and answer a few questions. Ms. Bautista will also be walking along for part of the tour.
Tuesday (2/09/16) 9:30
Tuesday (2/23/16) 9:30
Tuesday (3/22/16) 9:30
Tuesday (4/05/16) 9:30

Please email Ms. Lucinda at if you could help lead a tour.

Please Spread the Word about our Program!!!!

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Dr Seuss Breakfast

The Susitna Staff heartwarmedly Invites you to attend the annual Dr. Seuss Breakfast Bash!

Families will share food, friendship, and the love of reading during his birthday breakfast bash.

When: Feb 26th

Time: 8:00-8:45 in the morning

Where: In the Susitna Gym

Please Bring:

  • A Breakfast Dish to share in this potluck celebration
  • $2 per Family

**The money is donated to the Susitna Library for new books


Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is you-er than you! -- Dr. Seuss

A Couple of Options for After 5th Grade

Anchorage STREAM: Where Science, Technology, research, Engineering, the arts and Math

Learn More about STREAM -

Saturday Feb 20th or Saturday March 5th at

Begich Middle School


5th Grade Families there is some Exciting news! STREAM signed a lease! STrEaM Academy will teach on the first floor of Wayland Baptist University next year! Click here and visit our website for dates on upcoming pre-open events in February and March.
Using ParentConnect you can complete an online lottery application for next year. We are accepting 6th, 7th and 8th graders for the 2016/17 school year.

ASD Lottery is open for the 2016/2017 school year! Make sure to log into ParentConnect and complete a lottery application for next school year to STrEaM Academy for you 6th, 7th and 8th grade students!

Highland Tech High

Highland Tech High is a standards-based, public charter school for grades 6-12 in the Anchorage School District. HTH equips students with the academic, social and technical skills to excel in today’s world and contribute positively to our society and the future. Students who graduate from HTH are able to choose their future, whatever that choice may be. HTH immerses students in a rigorous learning environment that integrates technical and academic education, and links students in the school to industry mentors in the workplace.

Click Here for Website!

This school is a lottery entry school. Students who do not currently attend the school need to apply through the school lottery system using the "Apply" link below.


Please Log Your Hours!!

Please Note: Emails will go out after Spring Break with your Total Hours Logged.

Please Log your Hours! Click HERE!

Please refer to the Disclosure of Hours on the website for more information.
Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.

Thank you to the Families that have Logged their hours so far!

For inquiries about your hours logged please email SOPGSUSITNA@GMAIL.COM.

***K/1 is looking for parent/ aunt, uncle / grandparent to read with children. Please contact Lucinda or Brittany if you are available to come in once or set up a time to come in on a regular basis.

There are other ideas listed below on ways you can volunteer.

If you still need a few hours, no worries, here are a few ideas on ways you can volunteer.

  • Helping in classrooms (wash tables, read with a child), help after school (Copy and Laminating projects), parent work night (Next couple are Jan 6th & Jan 27th, anytime between 3:30-7pm), doing work from home (just ask your teachers)

  • We still need volunteers to help in Field trips, and upcoming events like, PACT (Feb 26 & Apr 29), Family Dance Night (April 29), Spring Intensives (May 5 & 6), Spring Bike trip (May 16) and year end picnic (May 19).

  • HELP COORDINATE OUR EVENTS - (Each worth 26 Hours)

  1. Spring Intensives: Coordinator to help Ms. Brittany as needed.

  2. SOPG Last Day of School BBQ: Assistant Coordinator to help Sara Crewdson plan and operate this event.

  • We are in Need of Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, and Members at Large

If you are interested in helping coordinate an event this year, or would like more information please email me at

Please check out Our Website and sign up under volunteers needed if you can help!

Disclosure of Volunteer Requirements

Thank you again for all your help,

Susitna Optional Parent Group

SOPG is specifically dedicated to supporting the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. We perform functions similar to a PTA and we work closely with the teachers in the Optional Program, as well as Susitna's PTA. Key responsibilities include: assisting with PACT days (Parents and Children Together), Intensives, with Community Outreach projects, and with events like the Fall Ice Cream Social, The Spring Family Dance, spring/fall Bike Ride/Picnic, and the Year-End Barbecue.

The Susitna Optional Parent Group, or SOPG, is a volunteer parent group comprised of parents or guardians of children in the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. SOPG is led by a volunteer advisory board consisting of a Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large.

The Current SOPG Board Members are

(to email click on member name)

Chair: Rhiannon Benedetti
Co-chair: Sara Crewdson

Secretary: Jessica Blackson
Treasurer: Amber Epps & Kathy Hammon

Members at Large: Ida and DJ Litteral

Members at Large: Angel Solter

Members at Large: Melanie Scallo

Members at Large: Need Volunteers Please!

Please Join: Facebook Group Page

Welcome to Susitna Optional Parent Group! "A caring community of critical thinkers" This group page is hopefully another way to help us all keep connected throughout the year for information about meetings, events, volunteering, parent hours, etc.

Check out our SOPG Website

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the Susitna Optional Parent Group, as well as those just interested in learning more about the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary.


Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.